Letter to Taskforce on Scaling Voluntary Carbon Markets
A coordinated effort to standardize and scale today's voluntary offsets market is underway. We submitted a joint letter with Carbon Direct and the Berkeley Carbon Trading Project detailing how the Taskforce is ignoring the problem of poor quality rampant in today's market. That problem needs to be addressed first.
Team members contributed to a review paper on physical risks to forest carbon, like fire, drought, and insects, and why that matters for thinking about the role of forests in climate change mitigation.
There are good reasons to be excited about soil carbon sequestration, but rigorous quantification remains a challenge. We analyzed a carbon offset protocol and wrote multiple letters raising concerns related to program design and scientific integrity.